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March 11, 2014, 9:55 PM

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David Kushner / Rolling Stone:
The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out  —  How did a chain-smoking geek from Hanoi design the viral hit Flappy Bird - and why did he walk away?  —  By  —  Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8: Apple polishes Maps data, adds public transit directions service  —  Apple is readying an upgraded version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Maps application for the next major release of iOS in an effort to battle Google for mobile maps supremacy, according to sources briefed on the plans.
James Robinson / PandoDaily:
Google buys the ghost of Green Throttle Games, as TV arms race gathers speed  —  Four months after Santa Clara-based Green Throttle Games slowly shuffled off this mortal coil, PandoDaily has confirmed that its parts and labor have been quietly scooped up by Google as a possible asset …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Amazon's TV streaming box to ship with Netflix and Hulu Plus apps  —  Amazon's Roku competitor, which could be unveiled any day now, won't just peddle the company's own video streaming service: The device will also have apps for direct competitors including Netflix and Hulu Plus on board, according to multiple sources.
More: GeekWire and SlashGear
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Collaboration Software Maker Jive Explores Sale  —  Jive, the enterprise-focused software company that makes social communication and collaboration tools, has explored a sale during the last several months, sources familiar with the matter tell Re/code.  —  These sources say the company …
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple Gets Final Okay for New Union Square Store in S.F.  —  Apple has been given the all clear to move ahead with construction on its new flagship store in San Francisco's Union Square.  After months of negotiations, the store's lengthy approval process came to an end Tuesday …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Continues Pursuit Of IT And Education With Improvements To Its ‘Secret’ Loyalty Pricing  —  If you're unfamiliar with Apple's Loyalty Program, we'll forgive you.  It's not all that well publicized and for pretty good reason.  It only kicks in if you're the kind of person who spends …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Speed-Reader Startup Spritz Closing $3.5M Seed  —  Spritz, a Boston-based startup that's been developing a speed-reading technology in stealth since 2011, is in the process of closing a $3.54 million seed funding round.  Investors include Denis O'Brien, investing through his telco company Digicel.
GSMArena.com:
Leaked ad says two rear cameras on the new HTC One will allow post-shot focusing, 3D effects  —  EXCLUSIVE: here's why the HTC One 2014 has two cameras  —  HTC experiments with cameras to set its One phones apart and The All New One will have two cameras but we didn't know why until now.
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Mt. Gox U.S. Affiliate's Assets Frozen by U.S. Judge  —  Mt. Gox Inc., the American affiliate of the bankrupt Bitcoin exchange that lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of virtual currency, had its U.S. assets frozen by a federal judge in Chicago.
Bloomberg:
Discovery and Eric Schmidt Back Tapp, Platform for $10-Per-Month Web Video  —  Reportedly in Talks With Sarah Palin for a New Pay Channel Online  —  Fingerpaint  —  Former TV executives Jeff Gaspin and Jon Klein are starting an online video service with backing from Discovery Communications …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers  —  The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday sharply accused the CIA of violating federal law and undermining the constitutional principle of congressional oversight as she detailed publicly for the first time how the …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Updates Chrome Web Store With Support For Paid Extensions And Themes, Free Trials For Packaged Apps  —  Google made a couple of updates to its Chrome Web Store today and with these, developers can now use the store to offer free trials for packaged apps (which are able to run offline).
Bill Gurley / Above the Crowd:
A Deeper Look at Uber's Dynamic Pricing Model  —  Over the course of the past year, many writers have offered their perspectives on Uber's dynamic pricing strategy.  Perhaps the only consistency is that people have deeply passionate views on this topic.  However, there are still many misperceptions …
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Metamorphic Ventures raises ~$70M second fund, aims to bridge New York and Silicon Valley  —  Aiming to Bridge Silicon Valley and New York, Metamorphic Ventures Closes Second Fund  —  Silicon Valley may be the world's center of technology, but New York City drives a lot of other industries that need tech.

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